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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 24, 2011 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: top 500 drummers

This quote has always cracked me up.

John Lennon (asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world):

"He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles!"

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Feb 24, 2011 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: top 500 drummers

That's epic !! If you have not seen it yet, go see the movie "Nowhere Boy". An outstanding biopic on the teenage years of John Lennon.


BTW- McCartney probably is a better drummer. That guy plays every instrument

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Feb 24, 2011 11:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: top 500 drummers

haha...I've always thought that Ringo was/is a weak drummer and the weakest of all the Beatles in general. I've actually spoken with people that though he was one of the best...that is laughable. He played the most basic drums possible on everything.

I never saw that quote before but it's good to see Lennon agreed.

....and I absolutely agree that McCartney was probably the best drummer in The Beatles....and the best musician in general...that's not to say song writer..that's obviously up for debate but as far as playing and singing...IMHO for sure the strongest musician in the band.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Feb 24, 2011 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: top 500 drummers

I absolutely agree w/ most of you guys. I always thought that Ringo was mediocre at best and then you hear people like Max Weinstein claim he at his time was one of the best.I don't see it and certainly don't hear it. It was in musical terms very easy stuff w/ parradiddles and basic fills. Usually when you see him play now there are at least one other drummer and then add a percussionist.About Billy being better than Mickey again 2 styles w/ Mickey being more of a worldly percussionist w/ all the gongs and chimes. As far as this list and them on it, well 500 is alot of drummers and just maybe they'er bottom tier at best.

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Feb 24, 2011 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: top 500 drummers

Yeah I just realized I never even addressed the Billy and Mickey part. As far as the dead goes, I would take Billy over Mickey any day but in general drummer terms I have to say that there are tons of drummers better than both. I love the way Billy played in the 70s...especially without Mickey but I don't see him even on the same level as many of the jazz drummers of that time or Mickey on the same level as many of the percussionists of that time....let alone of all time..the dead were amazing as a unit but as far as solo skill and viruosity goes Jerry was the only one I can put on any all time list if I'm being honest.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 25, 2011 9:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: top 500 drummers

And all along I thought Ringo was a she and lived near Philly?

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